Maker of onset dailies and transcoding systems, Colorfront and forensic watermarking outfit NexGuard, released updates to their joint solution at this year’s IBC show.

The joint Colorfront-NexGuard solution protects dailies, mezzanine and master deliverables through the production and post production workflow, while allowing users to track the source of illicit B2B and B2C distribution, particularly of 4K/UHDTV and HDR content.

Now the solution also includes full integration of the NexGuard Manager with the Colorfront Transkoder: Users of the joint solution can scale up their use of forensic watermarking on pre-theatrical and pre-aired content, and store all their NexGuard watermarking job metadata in a centralised database for a 360-degree view of all watermarking activities.

Also up to three levels of NexGuard “G2” watermark layers can be embedded in any pre-release or pre-aired piece of content by using different watermarking keys, which do not affect the robustness and imperceptibility of the watermarks. The feature enables watermarks to be embedded at the ingest and outgest of post-production workflows.

“Last year, we joined forces with Colorfront to launch a tool that protects content when it is at its most vulnerable – during the production and post-production phase’’ said Harrie Tholen, Managing Director at NexGuard. ‘’As the industry becomes more aware of the dangers of piracy for the creative industries, solutions that provide a robust yet simple integration into existing workflows are increasingly essential. The latest additions to our solution provide customers of the combined Colorfront-NexGuard solution, ranging from studios through to post-production companies and distributors, with an even higher level of content protection and full visibility on all watermarking activities to secure prime assets.”

Staff Reporter

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